Things To Do

10 Awesome Things To Do In Melbourne This Weekend

By Ruby Littler
23rd Jun 2022

With the weekend approaching, we've got a stacked lineup of things to get stuck into in Melbourne, from the continuing of the RISING's, The Wilds, a very boozy world martini day celebration and truffle festival taking over Queen Victoria Market. 

Here are 10 awesome things to do in Melbourne this weekend:

Drag Bingo At Tokyo Tina

Whoever said bingo is for the elders has never been to Tokyo Tina’s Bingo Academy. The fabulous drag queen Valerie Hex will call numbers while you devour four courses from Toyko Tina’s brunch menu. Think five-spice Karage chicken and panfried furikake dory in katsuobushi butter. Make it a bottomless affair, with Aperol spritz, sparkling and tap beer but don’t lose all your wits for the chance to call BINGO. 


When: 12pm and 2.15pm, every Saturday 
Where: Tokyo Tina, 66A Chapel Street, Windsor, Melbourne
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Winter Wonderlighs At Ballarat 

Nothing says Christmas in July quite like Ballarat’s Winter Wonderlights Festival. Rug up and see Sovereign Hill’s streets come to life with glittering light shows, falling ‘snow’, live music and expansive food markets. Snap an Instagram pic with Santa at St Nicholas's Grotto winter hut, immerse yourself in a revolving spectacle of sound and colour at Aura's journey of gold or feast on two delectable courses from the Peter Rowland Group at the Winter Wonderlight Dinner.


When: 10am until 7pm, Saturday 25 June until Sunday 17 July
Where: Various locations in Sovereign Hill, Ballarat
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HENNE Opens In Melbourne

You’ve seen their range of sustainable, stylish fashion on your feed, now prepare to browse HENNE’s collections IRL. Opening up a bricks-and-motor store off Prahran’s main drag, witness HENNE's growth from an online fashion label to an in-person boutique. Peruse the quaint terrace shop and pick up sophisticated wardrobe staples, empathising craftsmanship and endurance, without waiting for delivery. 


When: Opening 10am until 5pm, Friday 24 June
Where: HENNE, 120 Greville Street Prahran
To find out more, click here

EMERGE At Mount Waverley 

EMERGE is landing at Mount Waverly’s Community Centre, ready to lift Melburnians out of their winter slumber. Prepare for a stacked five-day event, hosted by Monash Council, with artistic light installation, soundscapes and an array of entertaining performers like the enigmatic and soul-filled Jazz Party. As night falls, the gardeners will come alight with over 45 illuminations from The Lanternist, showcasing a range of Australian animals from goanna to echidnas. 


When: 5pm until 9.30pm, Friday 24 June to Tuesday 28 June
Where: Mount Waverly Community Centre, 47 Miller Crescent, Mount Waverley
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‘The Shortest Lunch’ In The Yarra Valley 

Celebrate the winter solstice in a boozy fashion at The Shortest Lunch set in the Yarra Valley. The two-day event will feature serenading live music, over 80 different wine tastings and moorish bites at 12 family-owned Yarra Valley wineries. Known for Victoria’s finest flowing wines, sip on Brum Field Winery’s blushing bubbles paired with spicy beef kebab, Sutherland Estates pinot noir with luscious Tiramisu or Whispering Hills Vineyards riesling served alongside roasted garlic and parsnip soup. 


When: 11am until 5pm, Saturday 25 June and Sunday 26 June
Where: Various locations across the Yarra Valley Region
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Neptune’s $5 Jaffles And Negronis

Neptune’s wine bar is turning five and is opening up the celebrations to you. Dishing out specials to mark the occasion, score yourself $5 smokey scamorza cheese and Nduja jaffles while sipping on the classic Italian vermouth-fuelled cocktail. The Negronis $5 price point cap out at two, so you’ll have plenty of time to explore the wine offerings. 


When: Various times, Tuesday 21 June until Saturday 25 June
Where: Neptune, 212 High Street Windsor VIC 3181
To find out more, click here

Casey Cornucopia Winter Arts Festival

Step into a surreal, fruity dream at Casey Cornucopia. London creatives Bompas & Parr are set to transform Bunjil Place into a multi-sensory art installation, brimming with giant fruit and an abundant showcase of flora. Sculptures will emit an immersive fruit-flavoured scent, making it the world’s first flavoured fog. The events program is stacked with garden tours, seasonal farmers market delights, documentary series and bee basics workshops as well as seven-course fine dining events and after-hours exhibitions.


When: 10am until 10pm, Friday 24 June to Sunday 17 June
Where: Bunjil Place Library, 2 Patrick NE Drive, Narre Warren, Melbourne
To find out more, click here


Under The Surface Trail

Follow along the windy East Gippsland rail trail and uncover Under the Surface. The seven installations stretch from Bairnsdale to Orbost with The Social Crew’s project combining Melbourne graffiti, First Nation’s murals and local talent. Stroll across Nicholson river bridge and see Patricia Pittman's painted ode to her Indigenous heritage or see the iconic street artist ‘MEGGS’ mural under the Nowa Nowa tunnel. 


When: All-day
Where: Various locations across the East Gippsland Rail Trail
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Out Of This World: Australia In The Space Age

Journey to outer space with the National Archives of Australia’s latest exhibition, Out of this world: Australia in the space age. If you thought Russia and America were the only big players in the space race, think again, because Australia definitely had its hat in the ring. Learn about the history of Woomera Rocket Range, the story of ‘Mr Squiggle’ and witness the 1969 ‘Angels in Orbit’ fashion parade.


When: 10am until 4.30pm, until Sunday 17 July
Where: National Archives Victoria, 99 Shiel Street, North Melbourne
To find out more, click here

NGV Friday Nights Return This Weekend

Rug up in your warmest winter weather gear and enjoy NGV by moonlight. The night’s backdrop is set by a range of live musical performances or if you prefer, peruse over 70 works by famed impressionist Pablo Picasso or kick back and listen to Australian performers like Ngaiire Kia, Myllo Loure and The Seven-Ups Afrodisiac. Top the arty evening off with a classy glass of champs at Pommery Champagne Bar or enjoy Bar Lourinhã’s Mediterranean take over of NGV’s Garden Restaurant, serving Negroni Iberico and El Marco de Jerez sherry. 


When: 6pm until late, every Friday until Friday 7 October
Where: National Gallery of Victoria, 180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne
To find out more, 
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